Jeremy Siegel, a professor at The Wharton School, notes in his book, Stocks for the Long Run,
"...of the 42 recessions from 1802 to the present (2002), 39 of them, or 93 percent, have been preceded (or accompanied) by declines of 8 percent or more in the total stock returns index. Historically, a bottom in the market has led a trough in the business cycle by about five months.
Investors will have little luck predicting market upturns and downturns because turning points are usually identified months [after] they’ve occurred, not beforehand. In the meantime, they’ll miss out on significant gains. From the bottom of the market to the end of the recession, the stock market has risen an average of about 24 percent (emphasis added)."
Don't Wait for the Clouds to Break ($)
By: BetterInvesting Editors